Cloud Computing


Recent comments from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, suggest Cloud Computing could release government departments from being locked into costly IT contracts with software vendors and outsourcing providers. 


Data privacy laws will scupper the G-Cloud. That was the grim predication from the chief strategist for government contractor Lockheed Martin – the largest provider of Cloud services to the US government and the firm chosen to administer the forthcoming UK census. 


University College of London’s Institute of Child Health (ICH) has received £150k in funds from the Technology Strategy Board to deliver a Cloud Computing project.


The United States Government and education organisations are rapidly adopting Cloud Computing, according to Microsoft. The company made the claim this week at its US Public Sector CIO Summit, where it revealed some of its new customers, including Portland Public Schools in Oregon, and the City of Virginia Beach in Virginia.


The adoption of Cloud Computing across the public sector could lead to the creation of 90,000 jobs in the UK, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).


Tomorrow morning it's expected that the National Audit Office (NAO) will conclude that little progress has been made on the UK's public sector Cloud Computing push.

This will come as little surprise to anyone who's noted the silence surrounding all things G-Cloud in recent months. In fact, we hear from Cabinet Office circles that G-Cloud is now referred to as “a journey” and there's lots of conditional conversations going on, such as “When or if there is an Apps Store etc etc”. 


A report by the R&D unit of global management consultancy Accenture has set out a vision of what it says will be the top technology trends shaping ICT for the next five years, based on an analysis of everything from venture capital activity, customer feedback and market scrutiny.


A Cloud consultancy service backed by the Scottish Government has launched in Scotland, which aims to help improve access to Cloud Computing technologies for charities and social enterprises.


Universities and colleges in England are to benefit from shared services in Cloud Computing thanks to a new £12.5m programme.


The Global Director of Public Sector at Deloitte Research has applauded the US federal government’s use of Cloud Computing and the technology’s “huge” cost saving potential. In a blog post, William D. Eggers highlighted the Federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s call for US government agencies to migrate to Cloud Computing platforms whenever a secure, reliable, cost-effective cloud option exists.